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Larry Levis

And this? This is the most unscrupulous thing of all. These
      scratchings all night,
These inquiries because you are not there, have become, simply,
      you, white paper
Desiring the darkening effects of ink until, late at night, it is black

White snow.

– Larry Levis, from “5. Coney Island Baby,” in “The Perfection of Solitude: A Sequence,” The Widening Spell of the Leaves (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1991)


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